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Craft Fair Review

Another great Craft Fair this past Saturday. Due to space constraints, I only displayed my Photo Montage prints and a few paintings.

A few things surprised me, upon reflection. Customers who have bought from you previously, really do come find you, and purchase from you again! I love the conversations I get to have with customers and admirers of my work. The biggest surprise is they get it! My message; what I’m trying to say, is conveyed! Very cool! Everyone has been very encouraging and supportive and complimentary. It’s a wonderful feeling to share these images with others. And I can see the enjoyment in little visual discoveries as people glance over prints. Then, they stop and really look for a moment, they double back and observe from different angles. It is a treasure to witness. I do enjoy hearing what children have to say about my work, as much as adults. It surprises me when children ask parents to buy a print. Of all the toys and various crafts at a fair, the odd child (let me clarify: infrequent in number, not odd in character!) purchases one of my Photo Montage prints. I ask them why, and they give a reason as descriptive as any adult; they like the colors, they like the subject. Art is art, and you know what you like when you see it. It makes you feel, and you receive pleasure in looking at it. Well chuffed, I am.

I brought some of my tile designs with me, but didn’t have them out on the table, and people who had seen them at my last event came and asked me for them. I’m now down to my last five designs. It was such a surprise to me how well they have been received. I’m also down to my last four Fuji Views paintings. One of my People Being watercolor paintings has left my side on to its new home. I always shed a tear or two when paintings leave my nest and find a new home to be cherished. There is so much time, thought, work, etc. that goes into an original art work; money often can never compensate. Even if I were to repaint my work, it would never be the same as the one sold. It’s a bit like cutting a flowering branch off of a tree. It will grow back, but it won’t be the same as the one before. And nor would I want to recreate something again. There will always be a newness.

So, next on the agenda: Home Business Fair at the Yujo on Saturday May 7th. 10 am until 2 pm.

During the quiet time of the Craft Fair (in the afternoon, when some of my get-up-and-go was replaced with sit-down-and-rest) I started in my new concertina 3 x 4 inches drawing book. They are going to be series of pen drawings with a blushing of oil pastel color. I’m using my photos from around Japan as inspiration: a young lady in a kimono under an umbrella, a Buddhist monk walking across hot coals, an Oiran head and shoulders, and an Oiran fully body with high shoes.

I’m am undecided on a title for this series, and would greatly appreciate any suggestions.

In fact, I shall be giving away one of these little drawings to the person with the most fitting suggestion, postage included!

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